Technology & engineering archive

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk

Berkeley teams up with financial industry to apply data tools to financial risk April 30, 2015:

Economists and statisticians from across the UC Berkeley campus will soon be able to collaborate more easily, via the newly formed Consortium for Data Analytics in Risk, with financial-industry experts on advanced data-intensive techniques for managing and easing economic and financial risk.

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought

Electric vehicle batteries last longer than previously thought March 30, 2015:

Scott Moura, UC Berkeley assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has co-authored a study with Berkeley Lab colleagues that may alleviate the concerns of battery life in electric vehicles. After analyzing real-world driving patterns, the researchers found that batteries that have lost 20 percent of their originally rated energy storage capacity can still meet the daily travel needs of more than 85 percent of U.S. drivers.

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project

Granholm announces launch of America Jobs Project March 30, 2015:

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, an adjunct professor of public policy and a senior research fellow at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Climate Institute, has announced the launch of The  American  Jobs Project. The national initiative is focused on the creation of good-paying middle-class jobs in advanced energy-economic clusters.

Two new projects will search for dark matter axions

Two new projects will search for dark matter axions March 16, 2015:

Is the mysterious dark matter that makes up 26 percent of the universe composed of a hypothetical particle called an axion, instead of the formerly popular WIMP? The Heising-Simons Foundation gave UC Berkeley physicist Dmitry Budker and nuclear engineering Karl van Bibber funds to look for axions with two different experimental techniques.

With a tug and a twist, new chameleon-like material changes color

With a tug and a twist, new chameleon-like material changes color March 13, 2015:

Taking inspiration from nature, UC Berkeley engineers have created an ultra-thin film that can shift colors as easily as a chameleon’s skin when pulled or twisted.

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure

UC Berkeley debuts first-of-its-kind 3-D-printed cement structure March 2, 2015:

A team led by Ronald Rael, UC Berkeley associate professor of architecture, is unveiling the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The pavilion, “Bloom,” demonstrates the architectural potential of 3-D printing, its creators say.